Fighting Antisemitism From Words to Actions
The adoption of the IHRA working definition of antisemitism is an important first step towards combating antisemitism. In order to fight antisemitism, it must first be defined. The working definition does precisely that. For the first time in history, there is a legal definition of antisemitism.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) is an international organization composed of scholars and researchers from over 40 countries.The IHRA working definition includes classical forms of antisemitism, Holocaust denial or inversion and modern antisemitism, including denying the Jewish right to self-determination.
The working definition was adopted by many countries and bodies around the world. Seemingly, the definition is only a declaration and does not have "legal teeth". This project is meant to educate the legal community worldwide, not only regarding the content of the working definition, but as to its application in existing domestic law. The working definition can be used as an interpretive tool , for example, in existing hate crimes and anti-discrimination laws. Educating the legal community on the working definition is crucial, as:
Many are not familiar with the existence of the definition, let alone content;
Legal professionals should be trained to properly identify antisemitism according to the IHRA working definition;
Incorporating this working definition is a powerful tool to for judicial agents of all levels to immediately enforce laws to counter antisemitism. This avoids the need for additional legislation against antisemitism.
The ILF is launching this project and intends to incorporate its vast network of lawyers around the world to extends the project's global reach. Together, we can help turn back the tide of antisemitism.